US tightened its guidelines for health workers treating patients with Ebola virus
The US has tightened its guidelines for health workers who are treating patients with Ebola virus, calling for new competency training.
The United States on 20 October 2104 tightened its guidelines for health workers who are treating patients with Ebola virus. It termed the guidelines, as new competency training, a buddy system for donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE), and total coverage of eyes, hair and skin. The guidelines of the protocol were issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles
• All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including taking it on and off in a systemic manner
• No skin exposure when PPE is worn
• All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker taking PPE on and off
These stricter protocols have been built on the guidance of the World Health Organization. Earlier, the international organization urged health workers to wear masks but did not require complete coverage of skin.
These guidelines were issued after three cases of Ebola patients were reported in the United States.
On the other hand, Nigeria was declared as the Ebola virus free country by WHO on 20 October 2014. WHO declared it as a virus free country after no new cases were reported in 42 days. It has had 20 cases
Ebola has plagued West African countries majorly Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has infected more than 9000 people and has killed more than 4500.